Gold Coasters to don LOUD shirts to support hearing impaired kids

We’re being urged to wear a bright and colourful shirt day, for ‘Loud Shirt Day’.

Hear and Say’s Loud Shirt Day encourages Aussies to get colourful in support of hearing impaired youngsters.

It’s set to hit the Gold Coast hard today – with staff from all the theme parks and Bunnings getting into their colourful costumes.

Even the 1029 Hot Tomato and myGC staff are donning some pretty wild shirts… though… that’s a pretty normal day for us: we’re all loud.

It’s all part of a huge fundraising initiative by Hear and Say, who need to raise approximately $10,000 per year per child to provide leading therapy and support to kids with hearing impairment.

So whack on your loud shirts and spread the word.

For more information and to donate, click here.

Grass Fire

“Severe fire danger” prompts total fire ban for northern NSW

A total fire ban has been declared for northern NSW today, with  hot, dry and windy conditions forecast.

New England has been issued with a Severe Fire Danger rating, with number of other areas including the Far North Coast, North Coast, Northern Slopes facing Very High Fire Danger conditions, prompting authorities to issue the fire ban.

It came into place at midnight and includes the Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires.

Neighbouring areas including the Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley Shires, are also included in the ban.

During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

General purpose hot works such as welding, grinding or gas cutting, or any activity that produces a spark or flame are also not to be done in the open.

 

60 percent of Gold Coasters deemed overweight or obese

It’s been revealed more than half of Gold Coasters are overweight or obese, but we’re still doing better than the whole of Queensland.

In light of World Obesity Day last week, new figures have showed that 60.5 percent of Gold Coast adults are overweight or obese.

To fall into that ‘overweight’ category, you must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 25 and 29.9, ‘obesity’ requires a BMI of 30 or above.

The Gold Coast has clocked a 28.3 percent obesity rate in adults, according to the latest figures from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University.

It falls second only to Brisbane’s rate, which was the lowest in the state at 23.8 percent.

The Mitchell Institute analysis claims the overweight/obesity rates around the country seem to correspond closely to where people live.

Tedesco eyes golden boot to cap year

James Tedesco has set his sights on a dominant end of season for the Kangaroos to put him the running for the golden boot that controversially evaded his grasp last season.

Undoubtedly now the best player in the world, Tedesco added another gong to his overflowing trophy cabinet on Monday night with the Players’ Champion award.

In the last year alone he has also claimed the Kangaroos’ Harry Sunderland medal, State of Origin’s Wally Lewis Medal, NSW’s Brad Fittler Medal, the NRL’s Dally M and Sydney Roosters’ Jack Gibson Medal.

However, he was overlooked for the Golden Boot last year for the best international player, outvoted by England winger Tommy Makinson.

But with Tests ahead against New Zealand and Tonga, Tedesco has set his sights on capping his year off by being the game’s best on the global stage.

“Hopefully the Golden Boot as well is another award I can go for,” Tedesco said.

“But that obviously doesn’t mean too much.

“That was my debut last year for Australia and I wanted to put my best foot forward.

“I had the greatest fullback of all time before me now in Billy Slater. I had big boots to fill and I definitely want to hold onto that position for as long as I can.”

In one of the greatest seasons of all time, Tedesco scored the match-winner for the Sydney Roosters in the grand final and NSW in the State of Origin decider.

He also polled the most Dally M votes in more than a decade with his dominant year, and became just the second man behind Johnathan Thurston to win more than one players’ union top gong.

But he said the enormity of what he’d achieved through the multiple individual awards was something he likely wouldn’t appreciate until the end of his career.

“In the present time premierships are the most important one,” he said.

“To be able to celebrate the year you have worked so hard for with teammates.

“To have these individual accolades, I think it will mean more when I finish my career and be able to look at them in the cabinet.

“It doesn’t mean too much now but when I look back in history it will.”

Tedesco noted on Monday night he was a different and more consistent player now to when he first won the Players’ Champion at the Wests Tigers in 2017.

“I think it’s different. When I was back with the Tigers I was No.1 for the team there trying to do a bit more,” he said.

“Where at the Roosters I am just doing my role and having more success. It’s a different role.

“I have definitely evolved and matured as a player since then and hopefully I can still learn and evolve over the next few years as well.

“These awards mean a lot but it doesn’t mean I am going to rest back on my laurels.”

© AAP 2019

QAS Emergency Response Vehicle responding

Police investigating hit and run of 14yo boy on the Gold Coast

Police are on the hunt for a driver over the hit and run of a teenage boy on the Gold Coast last night.

Around 6.00pm, patrol officers noticed a group of youths walking along Nerang-Broadbeach Road, in Nerang.

As they pulled up with emergency warning lights, the group ran off.

A short time later, one 14-year-old boy was found on a nearby median strip, after it appeared he was hit by a car and thrown from the road due to impact.

Though the vehicle involved failed to stop and left the scene.

Paramedics were called to the scene and transported the boy to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

Police are now calling on members of the public for information or dash cam footage from Nerang-Broadbeach Road between 5.45pm and 6.00pm to contact.

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.